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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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Introduction In this research work, we intend to take our exploration to a level of what we choose to call beyond (prophetic) witnessing – a rather new way of humanizing our world today. As it is the case, a true praxis of ‘witnessing beyond’ is what one sees clearly in the personality of Jesus Christ – who is truly God and Man (prototype-hu- man). His entire life on earth was a clear encapsulation of how to free human persons from the shackles of slavery of ‘political entanglement of playing guitar while Rome is on fire‘ (quipping with distributing bread and handouts – while the two-third of world-humans are dying of hunger and poverty). Christ’s mission of ‘humanizing’ the human world was clear from the beginning. In other words to be truly Christ was to truly bear witness to the Father par excellence – and that was clearly his mission. As he said, “For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me (Jn. 6.38). A fortiori not to witness is to be ‘un-christ-like’ which would simply be a contradiction in terms – meaning in essence that this quality or ‘un-christ-like-ness” would simply be inimically to the personality of Jesus Christ, to his quintessence as God come to our human earth and abode. In the same vein, to be a Christian and not to witness for Christ on earth would be truly an aberration of ‘the Christ-like-ness of our truly human image and likeness...

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